Even when Republicans weren't shooting at their own feet this week, it appears they were conducting a circular firing squad instead. The 2014 campaign, in other words, is off to a raucous start... and it's only February.
When the rights of any person are stripped away by law and the church, all suffer. People who identify as sexual and gender minorities in Uganda will be martyred and we will later ask why we did nothing.
With The Passion of the Christ being the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, are audiences interested in a less bloody take on Jesus' life? And does Son of God attempt to tell us anything about Jesus' life that Christians and non-Christians don't already know?
The media have adopted a new and dangerous convention. People who are radical in their goals and methods are routinely mislabeled 'conservative.' Edmund Burke, the patron saint of real conservatism, must be spinning in his grave when Sarah Palin is called 'conservative.'
This year, several Tea Party challengers seem to be crashing and burning early in the process. This could be very good news for the Establishment Republican wing of the party. Rather than have a candidate implode in the general election, when candidates self-destruct before the primary then they never become the nominee in the first place.
We have a running theme this week: the utter and complete failure of the Republican Party's vaunted "outreach" to certain groups of Americans who have been voting against them in droves.
Apart from the outcome, the VW organizing drive revealed precisely how hollow conservative objections to government taking sides are -- it's all about what side government takes.
The elitism of the right wing -- personified by Tom Perkins and his "system" -- makes me sick. More than that, it makes me angry, and anger is a powerful motivator. We have to understand what progressivism is up against.
House Republicans were so extreme that they forced Boehner to choose between political suicide -- as the American people would have overwhelmingly blamed Republicans had we defaulted -- and essentially turning the Congress over to Democrats, at least on this issue.
Cuccinelli, a true believer who was willing to go down with his ugly cause, is surely weeping today, watching the commonwealth sink into what he and his radical-right compatriots view as degradation when in fact the state is finally on the path to joining the ranks of those states offering full equality.
I'm tired of hearing about a battle for the Republican Party between mainstream business interests and the Tea Party. The battle is over and the Tea Party has won, at least in Congress.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is the overwhelming front-runner to be her party's standard-bearer in the 2016 presidential election, and the Republicans know it. Even though she has not announced her intentions, Republicans are taking political shots at her. But their personal attacks are shrill and feeble, and reveal a party without a vision for the country.
John Boehner knows that his party's chances to win national elections on the presidential level would be much improved by passing immigration reform. He also knows that this is not true for his House Republicans.
Rep. Steve King of Iowa told a local TV station a few weeks ago that "the best thing anybody can do" in Congress is not come up with positive solutions, but to "kill bad bills." He wasn't just speaking for himself. He was explaining the philosophy of today's right wing. Of course elected officials should oppose bills they disagree with. But King and his party have taken this to an extreme, opposing any efforts to use the power of government to fix problems that affect ordinary people. This anti-government strain of the Tea Party that is calling the shots in today's GOP doesn't represent just hands-off libertarianism, as many would like us to believe. The Tea Party does want government to work: but they only want it to work for a few of us.
With Chris Christie's ongoing Bridgegate "scandal," U.S. democracy might be joining the New Jersey governor's political future, going the way of the Dodo bird as well.